2018 NBA Draft Profile: Landry Shamet
Landry Shamet is a tremendous jump shooter with excellent mechanics who showed improvement as a playmaker over his two full seasons at the college level. A consensus top-200 recruit in the high school class of 2015, Shamet looked like a cinch to play a bench role at Wichita State as a true freshman, but hurt his foot after just two games and redshirted. Bouncing back in a major way for the Shockers as a sophomore, Shamet earned Missouri Valley Conference Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Conference First Team while establishing himself as one of the nation’s premier shooters. Bumping up to the AAC this season, Wichita State held on to a spot in the top-25 all season thanks in large part to Shamet, who averaged 14.9 points and 5.2 assists per game earning All-AAC First Team honors and guiding the Shockers to a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.
- Measured 6’5.25 in shoes with an average 6’6.75 wingspan and lean 189-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Has solid size for a combo guard, but would benefit from continuing to get stronger.
- Played a significant role for Gregg Marshall’s Shockers finishing as the team’s leading scorer and top passer alongside a number of reliable shooters and interior options. Showed marked improvement as a scorer and passer out of ball screen actions, but did his best work off the ball scoring spot up jumpers and designed actions from the inside and out with elite efficiency.
- Scores at a very high level from the perimeter with a picturesque one-motion jump shot. 33% of his possessions were Spot Ups or Off Screens last season. Scored 1.557 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [99th percentile] shooting the ball with great touch and range. Sets his feet quickly with great shot preparation. Has obvious potential as a floor spacer.
- Has some room to grow as a shot creator. Scored an impressive 1.013 points per dribble jumper [86th percentile] on significant attempts playing a more involved role as a sophomore than he did as a freshman. Can stop and pop with range.
- Got 28% of his possessions in the Pick & Roll and 13% in Transition. Crafty with the ball, but lacks a degree of explosiveness as a slasher. Scored only 0.891 points per Transition possession [26th percentile], Nonetheless, scored 1.292 points per finishing opportunity in the half court [79th percentile] as he did a great job picking and choosing his spots and has the touch to score from angles. Was particularly effective scoring Cuts showing great timing and a strong feel for the game filling lanes. Can explode above the rim when he has a head of steam, but isn’t adept at playing through contact. Does not draw many fouls.
- 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio reflects his strong feel for the game. Generated almost twice as many points when passing out of the Pick & Roll than he scored using Pick & Rolls for himself. Has good vision and an unselfish approach taking a significant step forward from his freshman to his sophomore season in terms of making reads and delivering the ball. Flashes some creativity getting teammates involved.
- Has intriguing potential in an NBA era that really values skilled long distance shooters and could fit in with a variety of different types of guards with his blend of scoring and passing ability.
- Ranked 3rd in the American Athletic Conference in Off Screen scoring (1.4 ppg)
- Engaged defender who lacks a degree of versatility due to his average length and lateral quickness. Does some little things hustling and communicating. Embraces team concepts helping and stunting. Will need to maximize his frame to help him guard more physically on the perimeter at the NBA level.